"Days never got shorter. Days turned into nights. Nights turned into days. Years turned into eternity. I knew nobody cared about me."
She called Castro a hypocrite for going to church and coming home to abuse her and the other women.
The death penalty would be too easy, Knight told Castro, who sat stoically behind her as she spoke.
"I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning," she said.
Knight said she could forgive Castro, but that she will never forget. She hopes to help other victims of abuse.
"I know that there is a lot of people going through hard times, but we need to reach out a hand and hold them, and let them know that they're being heard," Knight said.
"After 11 years, I am finally being heard. And it's liberating."
3. Castro: "I don't know why"
For the first time at length in court, Castro spoke, offering a window into how he thinks.
His roughly 16-minute statement was rambling. He spoke of what he considers his sexual addiction, and defended parts of his personality. He said he is a "happy person inside."
Finally, Castro apologized.
"These people are trying to paint me as a monster, and I'm not a monster. I'm sick," he said.
Castro told the court he was a victim of sex abuse as a child and struggled throughout life with addiction. He compared his behavior to that of alcoholics.
"I did not prey on these women. I just acted on my sexual instincts because of my sexual addiction, and God as my witness, I never beat these women like they're trying to say that I did," he said.
Castro described taking his first victim.
"When I got up that day, I did not say, 'Oh, I'm going to get up and try to find some women,' because it just wasn't my character. But I know it's wrong," he said.
"I'm not trying to make excuses here. I know I'm 100% wrong for doing that."
Castro apologized to Berry, Knight and DeJesus, and asked for their forgiveness. He became emotional and his voice broke.
"I am truly sorry for what happened. To this day, I am trying to answer my own questions. I don't know why," he said.
"I just hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. Because we had a lot of harmony going on in that home."
4. "She loves and she is loved," spokeswoman says of DeJesus
Sylvia Colon, a family member and spokeswoman, addressed the court on behalf of DeJesus.
"Today we will close this chapter of our lives," she said.
Colon asked for privacy for her family and for DeJesus, who she said is thriving.
"She laughs, she swims, she dances, and more importantly she loves and she is loved," Colon said.